Monday, May 10, 2010

Dreams of Cheese: a concept short film.

What began as a simple dare for my friend Adam to consume an entire 56 slice box of processed cheese, turned into a must-be-filmed event, only to then evolve into a fully fledged concept short film. So last Wednesday, with the box of cheese in tow, and Adam horribly hungover, we set out to a place with some of the best views in Wellington; Brooklyn Hill, to set up for our shoot. Treated to a dead calm day and some stunning views of the city we got to work filming the piece. I wont spoil the viewing, but i will say that a lot of cheese was consumed, and plenty of silliness was captured on film ( er... CF card). 95% of the film was shot overcranked at 50fps and then slowed down in post. In fact, the only shots filmed in 1080/25p are the first and last shots of the film. Most of the shots were improvised and while i did have a general idea of what i wanted for the film, the final narrative was 'constructed' in the edit suite.

Ultimately though it was alot of fun to shoot, and it gave me a good chance to use a bunch of new film gear which i have picked up in the fast few months.

Tech Specs (for those interested):

- Canon 7D (lenses: Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 20-35mm 2.8, Canon 70-200 IS 2.8L)
- Matte Box (with two 0.9 ND's in at most times)
- Zacuto Z-Finder for most handheld shots
- Canon TC80N3 remote (used for the timelapse section which was shot in stills mode)
- Glidecam 2000 (for the steadycam shots, using the 50mm)
- and finally, shot flat using Marvels Cine Gamma, and colour graded using Magic Bullet Looks.



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